Meet Your Librarian: Laura Friesen
317 Thompson Library
What I Do
As Team Leader of the library's Information Literacy Team, I coordinate UM-Flint's effort to ensure that all students, upon graduation from UM-Flint, are able to effectively identify the need for information, and to find, evaluate and use information for academic success and to support lifelong learning. To this end, I and the other members of the Information Literacy Team teach classes about how to use library resources to find and use information. I am currently working to get an information literacy component included in the upcoming general education plan.
I also provide reference assistance at the Reference Desk a varying number of hours per week; and participate with my colleagues in collection development and web development.
The vast amount of information available in the world today through many types of sources, which can vary widely in reliability, creates the need for all of us to develop skills in seeking, finding and evaluating information for living our day to day lives. As stated by the Association of College and Research Libraries, "The sheer abundance of information will not in itself create a more informed citizenry without a complementary cluster of abilities necessary to use information effectively" (from Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, ACRL, 2000).
I typically work from 9:00 to 5:00.
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